At last week’s Marble City Council meeting, Street Supervisor Mark Castellano said he talked with bike trail officials about possibly installing a gate at the end of Ethel Street that leads to the bike trail. Castellano said they already have the gate and asked for permission to install it. The gate would keep vehicles larger than ATVs off the bike trail. The council approved the request.
The council discussed four properties in town that put up fences/decks without permits. Some of the property owners were in attendance. A short discussion was held about the issue and the property owners that were present agreed to purchase permits and sign variance agreements.
Sarah Carling from CEDA (Community and Economic Development Associates) was in attendance. She introduced herself and asked the council to set up a brainstorming session where they could discuss goals and a wishlist for the city. A meeting was set up for Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.
Mayor Daidre Breen read a letter from Minnesota Energy stating that Minnesota Energy will begin a project that will automate the process of reading city gas meters. Within the next few weeks, contractors will be installing equipment on utility poles and performing work on gas meters. All workers will have identification badges and vehicles bearing the name/logo of the contract company. Breen noted that if residents see “strange men” around town/yards they can ask to see identification badges.
In other business, the council:
• Listened as the mayor thanked the Fire Department for coming out to National Night Out and doing a demonstration.
• Noted that the library received their annual library funds.
• Approved a permit to add on to a fence, contingent on the zoning committee approval.
• Approved discussion of the levy at the September council meeting. A meeting to discuss the 2020 budget also was scheduled for Aug. 28 at 5 p.m.
• Acknowledged a thank you letter from the Itasca County Historical Society thanking the city for its donation.
• Acknowledged a letter concerning the proposed County State Aid Highway 80 construction project (CSAH80). The project is scheduled for 2020.
• Approved an agreement with Greenway High School, which will pay the city $3,000 per year to use the city ballfield.
• Approved a liquor license for the Greenway Area Community Fund, which will host Oktoberfest on Oct. 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Community Center. Officials also approved a $200 donation to the Greenway Area Community Fund for advertising.
• Discussed the possibility of a new truck for the city. The current truck with a plow is a 2011 and has 56,000 miles. They are looking for a comparable size vehicle and possibly a new Boss plow.
• Tabled a discussion on mailing ballots until the next meeting.